Despite the ‘melon’ in the name, watermelon is distinct from other varieties of melon. A native of Africa, and cultivated since well before other melons, around 2000 bc., the fruit can reach enormous size, with 45kg not uncommon. The smaller round varieties are more regularly 3-4kg.
Watermelon has long been synonymous with summer, thanks to its mild, cool, taste, and abundant juice. With its green striped rind, and pink-red flesh it is also visually striking. The flesh is peppered with black seeds, although seedless varieties are also now available.